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Ignore folder (without selective sync)

Tom_M
Helpful | Level 5

Please please please can you add a feature that allows folders to be excluded from the Dropbox account (on windows and mac). For sure I'm not the first person to request this, but I'm yet to find a good explanation of why it's not there. A quick google search reveals loads of people also looking for the same feature. I really like the workflow I have with dropbox, but it's getting to the point where I might switch providers in order to allow better selective sync.

I've seen hackish solutions using selective sync, but it would be great if this could be done in one of the following ways:
- global pattern matching eg "node_modules"
- a marker file in the directory like .dropboxignore
- a simple right click context menu "Ignore this folder"

Other than that, keep up the good work. Cheers.
Tom

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Johnny W.2
Helpful | Level 6

Selective sync isn't an ideal solution for this, but I might try your solution, Guido.

All we need is just a simple regular expression hidden away for advanced users would be a god send. Waiting for 2000+ tiny files to upload from the `node_modules` folder is infuriating. 

I'm also a paying user.

Can someone get in touch with DB directly, I wonder?

Johnny W.2
Helpful | Level 6

To all those who want this feature: Don't forget to UPVOTE the ORIGINAL POST on the first page!

Johnny W.2
Helpful | Level 6

A repeat of an existing thread asking for the same thing. Why don't DropBox respond?

 

https://www.dropboxforum.com/hc/communities/public/questions/201289669-Ignore-folder-without-selecti...

Johnny W.2
Helpful | Level 6

Another repeat of an existing (and much asked for) feature. Come on, DropBox -- Respond already!

https://www.dropboxforum.com/hc/communities/public/questions/201289669-Ignore-folder-without-selecti...

Sam B.27 New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

Thanks Johnny.. I hadn't noticed that before.. Just upvoted.

Brad B.23 New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

Not that it will help, but I pointed to this thread on Twitter in a public reply to @DropboxSupport

Tom_M
Helpful | Level 5

I have an open case on this on the Dropbox help desk, and I pester them every now and then to see how its going. Apparently this forum thread is a footnote on the dev task "improved Selective Sync feature". So please keep voting to try and bring this to the top of the pile.

Johnny W.2
Helpful | Level 6

I have also Tweeted it to their support. This issue already has more votes than any other previously raised issue, but more votes wouldn't hurt things!

mym___ New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

+100500

Brad B.23 New member | Level 2
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@DropboxSupport tweeted back:

Hi, thank you for following up. We did relay that Community thread to the team so that they are aware of your feedback.

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